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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes is keen to complete some more early summer transfer business following the £12million arrival of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old England international has signed a five-year contract at Eastlands having completed a successful medical. A target for Liverpool last summer, Barry leaves Villa after 12 years and more than 400 matches.

Hughes said: "I was looking to get a number of deals done as soon as possible and we have had a great start with Gareth joining us."

He added: "I hope we can conclude some more so that when we come back for pre-season training we have everybody fit and well and set for a successful campaign."

Barry said he joined City because their ambition matched his own.

Currently with the England squad preparing for a World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan on Saturday, he told City's official website: "I'm delighted to be joining City.

"It didn't take much persuasion from Mark Hughes, they are heading in the direction I want to go. There is great potential here, and I'm sure there will be a few more additions to the squad this summer."

Hughes added: "Gareth is widely acknowledged as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League and that is a recommendation in itself.

"With Gareth we get the experience of someone who has played week-in, week-out in the hardest league in the world.

"He plays at a level that has an impact on the game and we are thrilled he is joining us."

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